Celtic have been urged by Mark Wilson to make a move for Aaron Hickey, a player who has reportedly been sought after by many clubs including Glasgow rivals Rangers and was recently recommended to them by an Ibrox hero.
Hickey – deemed by the Scottish Sun to have a £2million price tag – also appeared in Hearts’ Scottish Cup final last season in just his third senior outing.
Other clubs previously linked with Hickey – who had a stint in Celtic’s academy before rejoining the Jambos – include Arsenal, Liverpool, Southampton, Norwich City, Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Newcastle United.
“I first seen him against Celtic the week before the Scottish Cup final last year and then playing in the final I thought he was outstanding for a young boy,” Wilson wrote in the Scottish Sun.
“He’s probably everything a full-back should be right now. He’s composed on the ball, he likes a tackle and he’s good going forward.
“And I think he’s probably suffered from being moved positions in a team who are under pressure. And he’s been a wee bit inconsistent as young players can be but I think going forward in the next few years he’ll be a better player for having experienced that.
“For one so young, he’d be worth a gamble. I know Celtic have got a couple of players on that left-hand side but they haven’t found the perfect blend yet. And I think he could be one that could be there for a number of years.”
Rangers cult hero Alex Rae recently took part in a Q&A on the Rangers Youth Development Co Twitter site and was asked which Scottish players he would recommend to Steven Gerrard were he an Ibrox scout.
“I’d say the lad Aaron Hickey at Hearts has a bright future,” he replied. “He looks to bomb forward when possible and does well defensively and the early signs are he will kick on.”
Hickey is an incredibly talented player, with an impressive number of games under his belt despite his young age, and so it’s not surprising that he is being linked with some of Britain’s best clubs.
Returning to Celtic, or indeed moving to Rangers, would enable the teenage prodigy to remain fairly close to home, but when you have some of the English Premier League’s biggest clubs reportedly also keeping tabs on him, it’ll be a tricky task for either the Parkhead side or their rivals across town to sign him.